12. Kansas City in Sports Resurgence?
RCS: We can’t end this interview without talking about the renewed vibe in Kansas City. With the Royals currently leading the A.L. Central after five straight sub-.500 seasons (and a losing record in 13 of the past 14 years), and a completely rebuilt Chiefs franchise (new GM Scott Pioli, new head coach Todd Haley and new QB Matt Cassel), is Kansas City slowly stepping down from the ledge, and actually becoming optimistic about its sports teams?
Whitlock: I just watched the Royals move to 15-11 as I responded to your questions. Zack Greinke made 20,000-plus fans show up at Kauffman Stadium on a Monday night. He did not disappoint, going nine innings for a complete-game shutout victory. I can't remember the last time I watched an entire Royals game on TV from start to finish without ever flipping channels once. Zack the Ripper is must-see TV.
I have no clue what's going to happen with the Chiefs. They have a lot of work to do. But I am starting to believe the Royals are going to make me an intense baseball fan for the first time since I was like 15. I've already attended five Royals games this season. I probably went to five in two years before this season. I just had a feeling this team would be interesting. Joe Posnanski writes the hell out of baseball. I'm going to stay out of his way and still get my piece of this action. Baseball is so every day that it's a real relief to have the Royals take a stab at relevancy. It will make the summer fly by.